2005N-0279 Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods; Public Meeting
FDA Comment Number : EC91
Submitter : Mr. Josef Rosenfeld Date & Time: 08/19/2005 08:08:57
Organization : Health Flavors, Ltd.
Category : Food Industry
Issue Areas/Comments
In labelling for 'gluten free' it must be specified whether a product is manufactured in a shared facility or a dedicated gluten free facility due to the high risk of cross contamination during manufacture. In any facility where flours are used, particles may be suspended in the air for a long period and settle on 'clean' ingredients, processing equipment or finished goods and contaminate them.

Specifying a shared or dedicated facility allows the consumer to make a risk assessment judgement, and also, should an adverse reaction occur, allows the consumer to discover more easily what products may have caused the reaction and remove them from his/her diet.